Art Blakey – took the thankless job of providing “time” to creating works of Art.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: ArtBlakeyAndTheJazzMessengers1965-03-07CineTeleSoundStudioLondonUK
It’s not even going out on a limb to say Art Blakey did more for taking percussion out of the “keeping time” box and putting in a place of creative expression than most other drummers of the 20th Century did. His influence was far reaching; touching not only Jazz but the burgeoning field of Rock and Progressive Rock in the mid-1960’s.
So this weekend I’m running a concert Blakey and The Jazz Messengers did in London, and recorded on March 7, 1965.
Here’s what’s on the player:
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Cine-Tele Sound Studio
March 7, 1965
John Gilmore ts
Lee Morgan tp
John Hicks p
Victor Sproles b
Art Blakey d
1 On the Ginza
2 Lament for Stacy
4 I Can’t Get Started
5 Buhaina Chant
Total time: 0:34:05.00
Enjoy it with the rest of the Weekend.
Annuals – new album/tour coming shortly.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Annuals – Winslow – 2011
Last time I checked in on Annuals it was around 2006 and they had just come out with their debut album, Be He Me, and were making noises via MySpace and some of the local Alternative Radio outlets.
Six years later and they’re coming out with a new album and getting ready for another tour. So things are looking good for this Indie/Alternative band from North Carolina.
Tonight it’s one of their new tracks; Winslow, and it’s good to hear the band is still making strides and making great music.
Always nice when that happens. Check out their new stuff via ReverbNation and check in to see when/where they are coming to town. They can always use the support.
The situation in Syria – the shame and the stakes are very high.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: World_Music_Matters_Samih_Choukeir
With all the news regarding Syria and the endless struggle going on, we tend to miss those elements of a movement that may seem not so important to the casual observer, but which are crucial and vital elements to the morale and spirit of those caught in the conflict. One of those is music.
I ran across this piece last week via Radio France International and their English Service on composer, musician and singer Samih Choukeir, who has been an active voice-of-conscience for over 30 years in Syria. The short piece (about 10 minutes), gives a background on Choukeir and conducts a (translated) interview and plays some of his work.
It seems the music of Protest in Syria is indeed dangerous, as many contemporaries and fellow artists in the Free Syria Movement have been targeted and murdered by the regime for their music in recent months. That Samih Choukeir continues to deliver his message of freedom of speech and political-commitment is something of a miracle in itself.
And that’s why this radio documentary is important listening and why you need to bookmark RFI’s English Service. Just suggesting.
BTW – the photo above was shot by the remarkable photographer Ahmed Deeb, who is one of the most astonishing photo-journalists working in the Middle-East.
Lene Lovich – subtle in a parallel universe.
Click on the link here for Audio player: 1979-01-13 BBC In Concert (Lene Lovich, Wreckless Eric, Rachel Sweet)
A 70’s triple bill this week, via BBC Radio 1‘s In Concert series from January 13, 1979. Lene Lovich, Wreckless Eric and Rachel Sweet share the bill in one of the more decade-defining concerts of the late 70’s, with a heavy dose of Retro, Punk and Theatrical – just like the decade.
If you remember them, I don’t need to remind you. If you don’t remember any of them – well . . . .this concert might give you an idea of what you might have missed.